Deadline looming for land expropriation report
THE Constitutional Review Committee has insisted it wants to finalise the report on the expropriation of land without compensation by the end of next month.
Co-chairperson of the committee Lewis Nzimande said yesterday there will be no further extensions on the deadline to conclude the report.
This was after the committee asked Parliament to extend the deadline from the end of September to the end of November to finalise the process.
The committee has been dealing with the matter since July when it conducted the first round of public hearings across the country.
Nzimande said they had already missed the deadline of last month, and they need to finalise the process next month.
He said the process to be followed was that by mid-November the committee must adopt the report before sending it to the House for approval.
“On November 26 or 28 we will have a debate and adopt the report. We will have to conclude this, no more extensions. We will conclude this by the end of November,” said Nzimande.
The committee is to receive more oral submissions when it reconvenes soon. The ANC has been pushing for the conclusion of the process.
Nzimande said they could not afford to lose time, and would have to conclude the report.
The committee has been split on the written submissions by members of the public.
This was after a report initially found that 89 000 of the people did not want expropriation of land without compensation. This was against the 60 000 people who were in favour of an amendment of the Constitution.
This report was challenged by the EFF that demanded that the company hired by Parliament to compile the report come and present it.
The company was chastised in the national legislature a few weeks ago when MPs questioned the credibility of the report and the directors of the company.
MPs then demanded that senior officials from Parliament must come and present to the committee.
There were more than 700 000 written submissions tabled in Parliament.
The company hired to compile a report on the submissions had only gone through 149 000 written submissions.